Hodge wraps up first year in state Senate

By Staff
Posted 6/9/09

I eagerly anticipated my first year in the Senate. I knew the rules weren’t very different from those in the House (and besides, I’d gone through orientation to familiarize myself with …

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Hodge wraps up first year in state Senate

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I eagerly anticipated my first year in the Senate. I knew the rules weren’t very different from those in the House (and besides, I’d gone through orientation to familiarize myself with them). We were organized and ready. We had a mission and we knew our focus needed to be on jobs.

A select committee on job creation was meeting, and all sorts of interesting ideas were coming from it. Bills were questioned – does this create jobs? Oh, yes, we were off and running.

Then the reality of the December economic forecast hit. The budget passed for 2008-2009 would have to be cut – this after the governor had already frozen hiring and asked the departments to cut spending. We needed to cut $400 million from a budget for the year ending this June. And the Joint Budget Committee was working on the 2009-2010 budget at the same time. Cash funds were transferred, programs were eliminated, employees would have to take furlough days, and the senior tax exemption was put off a year.

Read the full story in this week's Commerce City Sentinel Express – www.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2circ.cgi

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